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Information & Forms

Find out answers to the most commonly asked questions for our Banff families!

Use the menu below to learn about uniforms, school supplies, textbooks, important forms and more. If you have any questions, please let us know!

  • Lower School academic questions:
  • Upper School academic questions:
  • Forms & Paperwork questions:
  • Financial & Accounts Receivable questions
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  • Lower School: PreSchool, Kindergarten & 1st-5th Grades
  • Upper School: 6th-12th grades

ARRIVAL TIMES

For those students not enrolled in Extended Care, arrival time for all grades begins at 8:00am. Classes begin promptly at 8:30am.

DISMISSAL TIMES

  • PreSchool & Kindergarten - 3:00pm
  • 1st-4th Grades - 3:10pm
  • 5th-12th Grades - 3:20pm

If for any reason a student cannot be picked up on time, the office must be notified in advance. Students who are not picked up on time will be sent to afternoon Extended Care (Preschool & Kindergarten) or Homework Room (1st-12th grade) and charged $10 for each hour or part thereof. Students will not be released to anyone other than individuals listed on the student's Alma account as authorized for pick-up. Parents can add individuals to this list at any time by signing into their Alma account.

The Banff School's uniform reflects a neat, clean, and complete appearance at all times. Overall appearance reflects on the school’s desire to express a serious attitude toward education. A focus on learning, respect for others, and pride in the school is indicated and helped with the prescribed dress code.

To learn more about our uniform options, guidelines and how to show Banff School Spirit, visit our Uniform Page.

Lower School

Lower School supplies are purchased as packs from an online vendor. Utilizing this service insures each student has the correct supplies needed for each grade since many classes have very specific supply needs that are necessary to the programmed curriculum. These packs are ordered for the students and the cost added to their August tuition bill. Specific supply pack costs will be included in the itemized invoice sent prior to the family's tuition billing date. School supply packs will be delivered directly to the school and will be in the students' classrooms on the first day of school.

Upper School

Students in grades 6th-12th are responsible for the purchase (in advance) of their school supplies using THIS LIST. These may be purchased at any supply store. Students should always have available general supplies such as pencils, pens, college-ruled spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, etc. in their backpacks or lockers.

To purchase textbooks for the coming school year, please complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain your class schedule using the student's or parent's Alma account. Once logged into Alma, navigate to the student's "Classes" tab to see all classes on their schedule. If you do not know how to access your Alma account, please contact Josh Harbour.

  2. Read the Textbook Frequently Asked Questions outlined below.

  3. Using the links below, click on the course names that match with the courses listed on your schedule. Select a purchase option and check-out.

Textbook FAQs

  • Do I have to buy my textbook through Direct Textbook?
    • You do not need to use the Direct Textbook link; however, it is one of the best search engines to find new, used, and rental textbook options. Furthermore, Direct Textbook donates 3%-5% of your purchase back to the school. That money will be designated for staff development.
  • Could I buy an online edition?
    • Some classes have either "eBook" or "iBook" listed. These are digital editions of the print textbooks that have been formatted specifically for use with the school-issued iPads or through publisher apps designed for the iPad. Only courses with "eBook" or "iBook" listed next to them are approved for digital editions of textbooks. For all other courses, students must have a paper copy of the textbook, either hardback or paperback.
  • My Textbooks says "eBook" or "iBook." What do I do?
    • For classes with an "eBook" link, you will be directed to the Savvas website. Input the school's zip code (77069) and then select "Banff School" from the available list. You will then be provided with a dropdown menu on the right of the screen where you can select your classes to see the textbook/s you need. Once purchased, it is very important you print and retain a copy of your receipt as your digital license information will be included there for your teacher to use in order to grant you access your digital book once school begins. Additionally, we recommend you email a copy of your receipt directly to your teacher.
    • For classes that have "iBook" listed, you will automatically have the cost of the iBook textbook ($15/book) added to the student's SchoolAdmin billing account as part of the September tuition payment. The iBook/s will automatically appear on the student's assigned iPad during the first week of school.
  • Do I buy new or used textbooks?
    • Buy used when you can find them.  Encourage your student to write and highlight in the books.
  • Is it OK to buy a used workbook?
    • Used workbooks may have some markings on the inside or not be in perfect condition, but they should be free of answers when you purchase them unless otherwise noted.  Unless they already have answers filled in, saving money by purchasing a used workbook is a good idea.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to renting textbooks?
    • The main advantage is the cost, which can be 30% to 50% less than buying the book.  One disadvantage is that the rental period varies by rental company, typically ranging between 50 and 135 days. Most textbook rental companies allow you to extend your rental period if needed, but there is an additional cost. Another disadvantage is that some rental companies do not allow you to write or highlight in the textbook.  Always read the textbook company’s policies.
  • What if my English textbook does not coincide with my grade level?
    • Our English textbooks are collections of literature that are not grade specific.  The grade specifications are merely suggestions by the textbook authors. Instead of basing our courses around these suggestions, we are utilizing the textbooks as they integrate best with our curriculum.

ENGLISH​​​

FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDIES

TECHNOLOGY

HISTORY

  • Government & Economics

    • eBook (purchase both the Government and Economics eBooks)

  • US History

  • World Cultures

  • Texas History

  • World History

SCIENCE​

  • Biology

    • iBook​

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

    • iBook​

  • Physical Science

  • Science Junior High

MATH

Alma is a private and secure Parent/Student Portal that allows you to see complete information specific to your child, including grades, attendance, homework and conduct, as well as other useful school information.  You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary.  All you need is an Internet-capable computer or smartphone! New parents will receive specific login instructions during the summer months.

The Banff School utilizes SchoolAdmin to manage all billing accounts throughout the year. Parents can add a payment account for all school charges to be paid from each month. All accounts are enrolled in "AutoPay" giving our parents piece of mind that their charges will be paid automatically each month.